Written By Adrian Bunting
Directed by Kerri McLean
'Best Theatre' award at Brighton Festival 2011 and following the hugely successful Edinburgh Festival 2012 run, Rolemop's theatre play Kemble's Riot caused a stir at FringeNYC in August 2013, a riot in fact!
Winner of "The Overall Excellence Award" at The New York Fringe Festival 2013
Kemble’s Riot tells the true story of the first iconic consumer revolt, set in London’s West End in the 19th century. In 1809, The Covent Garden Theatre burnt down, and theatre manager John Kemble had no insurance. In order to pay for the repairs, he put the ticket prices up. The people of London weren’t prepared to pay for his mistakes, and responded by rioting for 66 consecutive nights. Throughout the protest, the crowd shouted, sang and danced in an attempt to drown out the players and disrupt the shows. Kemble's Riot sees the drama unfold with the audience joining in as members of the rioting pit.
Kemble's Riot performed at The New York International Festival 2013,
We had 5 performances at
The Players Theatre, (off-Broadway)
115 MacDougal Street
(West 3rd and Bleecker)
Grennwich Village, New York
Quotes & Reviews
**** - 4 Stars - Time Out New York
"... this is a fast and fun piece that asks prescient questions ... The play’s closing lines—“Speak, shout, shout as one, and you can shout the house down, makes you want to head uptown and make trouble." - Time Out New York Diep Tran
"...gratifying to learn of a magical age when hoi polloi thought affordable theater was worth fighting for." - New York Times, Dixie Sheridan.
"Winners of the Overall Excellence Award at The New York Fringe Festival 2013"